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Shakespeare Inspired / Mezzo Michelle Breedt

Audio Samples

>Elgar, Edward : Pageant of Empire, songs (8) for voice (or chorus) & orchestra
>Arne, Thomas A. : When Daisies pied and Violets blue, song
>Horder, Mervyn : When Daisies Pied, for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : When daffodils begin to peer, for voice & piano, Op. 30/2
>Coates, Eric : Who is Sylvia? for voice & piano
>Coates, Eric : Orpheus with his lute, for voice & piano
>Harrison, Julius : I Know a Bank, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : O Mistress Mine, for voice & piano (from English Lyrics, Set 2)
>Findlay, Stuart : The Poor Soul Sat Sighing, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Willow, Willow for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Fancie
>     Tell me where is fancy bred, for unison chorus & piano
>Walton, William : Under the Greenwood Tree, for voice & piano (from film score "As You Like It")
>Horder, Mervyn : Under the Greenwood Tree
>Parry, Charles H. : English Lyrics, Set 2
>     Take, O Those Lips Away
>Rubbra, Edmund [Composer] : Songs, Op 22, "Take, O Take Those Lips Away"
>Bush, Geoffrey : It Was a Lover and His Lass
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : The faithless shepherdess, for voice & piano, Op. 12/4
>Head, Michael Dewar : The Homecoming of the Sheep, for voice & piano
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Silver, for voice & piano, Op. 30/2
>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
>Riego, Teresa Clotilde Del : Homing
>Head, Michael : A Piper
>Delius, Frederick : Songs (7) from the Norwegian, for voice & piano, RT v/9
>Parry, Charles H. : English Lyrics, Set 4
>     When We Two Parted
>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Hark! Hark! the Lark, for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Pageant of Empire, songs (8) for voice (or chorus) & orchestra
>Arne, Thomas A. : When Daisies pied and Violets blue, song
>Horder, Mervyn : When Daisies Pied, for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : When daffodils begin to peer, for voice & piano, Op. 30/2
>Coates, Eric : Who is Sylvia? for voice & piano
>Coates, Eric : Orpheus with his lute, for voice & piano
>Harrison, Julius : I Know a Bank, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : O Mistress Mine, for voice & piano (from English Lyrics, Set 2)
>Findlay, Stuart : The Poor Soul Sat Sighing, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Willow, Willow for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Fancie
>Walton, William : Under the Greenwood Tree, for voice & piano (from film score "As You Like It")
>Horder, Mervyn : Under the Greenwood Tree
>Parry, Charles H. : English Lyrics, Set 2
>Rubbra, Edmund [Composer] : Songs, Op 22, "Take, O Take Those Lips Away"
>Bush, Geoffrey : It Was a Lover and His Lass
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : The faithless shepherdess, for voice & piano, Op. 12/4
>Head, Michael Dewar : The Homecoming of the Sheep, for voice & piano
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Silver, for voice & piano, Op. 30/2
>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
>Riego, Teresa Clotilde Del : Homing
>Head, Michael : A Piper
>Delius, Frederick : Songs (7) from the Norwegian, for voice & piano, RT v/9
>Parry, Charles H. : English Lyrics, Set 4
>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Hark! Hark! the Lark, for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1
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Notes & Reviews:

South African-born Michelle Breedt, best known for her stellar performances of Wagner in particular, her versatility from the opera to the concert is remarkably captured on this recording. TwoPianists Records is proud to announce its first collaboration with Michelle featuring Shakespeare in song. What makes this CD unique is that most people associate artsong with Germany or France, never England! It is indeed true that England was known as 'Anglia non Cantat' and endured a musical silence of almost 200 years following the death of Henry Purcell in 1695. Thus this CD represents a journey spanning 100 years of Shakespeare texts at the pen of his countrymen combined with a collage of 'english' atmospheric songs on nature and love.

MusicWeb International
However, there are strong compensations. It may seem unsporting of me to say this only now, but Breedt's voice is a splendid instrument, rich, creamy and secure in the upper register, firm in the lower one, evenly controlled with a wide dynamic range. She can spin a pianissimo, as in "Silver", where she makes the unexpected decision to sing the high voice version, and brings it off beautifully. In spite of the small misreading I encored "I know a bank" immediately because it was such a lovely song, sensitively handled. And not all the comparisons go against her. Robert Tear's version of "When we two parted" has the advantage of Philip Ledger's more insightful playing of the piano prelude - Nina Schumann is more conventionally passionate. But Breedt finds more in the song than Tear's well-schooled, gentlemanly reading reveals. It was a pleasure to listen again to John Shirley-Quirk's "Silent Noon", a favourite of my schooldays (Saga XID 5211), but I'm not sure that I don't find Breedt more vivid now. And, while I thought Breedt occasionally robbed "Love's Philosophy" of its excitement with some overemphasis, turning to white-toned, pretty-piping Je.

Bresciaoggi.it
The plays of William Shakespeare are full of music. And often the author quotes the famous songs that were popular at the time. Curious operation: to present a repertoire of music inspired by Shakespeare's world. Early music, as the eighteenth century "When daisies pied" by Thomas Arne with his imitation of the cuckoo, which is also presented in the version of Mervin Horder. Nineteenth and twentieth century music as "I know a bank" taken from the dream of a midsummer night with music by Julius Harrison. The mezzo-soprano Michelle Breedt pianist Nina Schumann and interpret them in an excellent manner.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/22/2010-11/28/2010).



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Pageant of Empire, songs (8) for voice (or chorus) & orchestra
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Arne, Thomas A. : When Daisies pied and Violets blue, song
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740s

>Horder, Mervyn : When Daisies Pied, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : When daffodils begin to peer, for voice & piano, Op. 30/2
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Coates, Eric : Who is Sylvia? for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Coates, Eric : Orpheus with his lute, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Harrison, Julius : I Know a Bank, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : O Mistress Mine, for voice & piano (from English Lyrics, Set 2)
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Findlay, Stuart : The Poor Soul Sat Sighing, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Willow, Willow for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Britten, Benjamin : Fancie :: Tell me where is fancy bred, for unison chorus & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Walton, William : Under the Greenwood Tree, for voice & piano (from film score "As You Like It")
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Horder, Mervyn : Under the Greenwood Tree
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Parry, Charles H. : English Lyrics, Set 2 :: Take, O Those Lips Away
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rubbra, Edmund [Composer] : Songs, Op 22, "Take, O Take Those Lips Away"
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Bush, Geoffrey : It Was a Lover and His Lass
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : The faithless shepherdess, for voice & piano, Op. 12/4
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Head, Michael Dewar : The Homecoming of the Sheep, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Silver, for voice & piano, Op. 30/2
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Riego, Teresa Clotilde Del : Homing
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Head, Michael : A Piper
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Delius, Frederick : Songs (7) from the Norwegian, for voice & piano, RT v/9
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1890.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1890

>Parry, Charles H. : English Lyrics, Set 4 :: When We Two Parted
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Hark! Hark! the Lark, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905